|I do! on Feb 29, 2008 @ 10:51 pm|
Ok, well maybe not tons but I do drink it regularily. Red wine especially is supposed to have some health benefits, so yeah, I guess in that sense it is better than just any other alocholic drink. I've discovered recently that wine gives me headaches, even white wines, which sucks!!! I've never really had any super expensive wines and I'm not by any means a wine connoisseur but it doesn't have to be expensive to be good. I've recently taken a liking to the Yellow Tail wines. I've had the chiraz, merlot and recently tried their rose. I also like Pellee Island and E & J Gallo. They used to have a white grenache which I really liked but I haven't seen it in a while.
|Pellee Island! on Mar 06, 2008 @ 06:46 pm|
Yes, I totally agree about Pellee Island, they came out with a Gwerztraminer that was really really good. The LCBO staff who recommended it to me said that they don't use pesticides on their vines, and that's the number one reason why some wines give you headaches. Another staple is the Mondavi fume blanc, which is like a sauv blanc. Very nice & light. As for red, I have an affinity for Chianti. I once made a traditional spaghetti & meatballs (Barefoot Contessa recipe) and had the Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico with it... Man, that was sooooo good! Brings me back to Rome! Nero D'avola is similarly rustic and spicy - more wallet friendly too.
|Love wine on Mar 07, 2008 @ 09:29 am|
But for some reason only drink it when being social. I am not a fan of white wine, as I get cold easily, so mostly stick to red, but in the summer I like a nice rose. I like sweeter drinks, so a rose is right up my alley.
Wine is definitely better for you compared to other alcoholic drinks. My mother was having a problem with her cholesterol and so had to give up beer completely, which was really quite upsetting for her. Her doctor suggested she switch to wine, as apparently it has no cholesterol. She likes white wines mostly, and got really attached to a New Zealand wine called Cloudy Bay. It's really hard to find here, as the minute LCBO gets it in it is practically out again. So if you see any Cloudy Bay grab a bottle and try it!
I don't care about price, since I was a poor student for so long and am now a poor worker wishing to be a poor student again. I really like the wine from the Alighieri estate, made by the descendants of Dante (guy who wrote Inferno). It is a reasonable price and goes down nice and easy!
I have to say the only wine I have tried and absolutely hated was Kittling Ridge. I can get their white down, and their brandy, but their red makes me gag :(
If you want to impress your relatives or hosts with a gift of wine Chateau Neuf du Pape is the Queen of red wines, but be warned it is pricey, around $40 a bottle. I gave them out as Christmas gifts to my relatives, as a person who appreciates wine would love this sort of treat. In whites, my mother recommends Pouilly Fuisse or Pouilly Fume.
I love champagne too, but find I can't drink too much of it unless I am already tittled ;) And because I love sweet things I love to mix it with OJ! Of course Moet et Chandon is yummy, but Veuve Clicot is also quite classy.
And I love cooking with wine! Pasta sauce, roasts, stews...adds such flavour!
Ali de Bold
|I love wine too! on Mar 07, 2008 @ 10:15 am|
Aside from the amazing taste and the way it compliments food, I've found that a glass of wine with dinner has been great for my digestion. My favorite wines are South African and Australian reds. They have such a richness and plummy taste. I had an excellent bottle yesterday for around $16. It was a 2004 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve.
I also love Chianti after I was introduced to it in Tuscany. For whites I love Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, but Ontario has some really nice whites as well. There is a Gewurztraminer from the Niagra region that I adore but can't remember the name right now. I think it might be the Peller Estates Heritage Series Gewurztraminer.
We tend to stick to the $10 - $16 per bottle range unless it is a major occasion, in which case we'll hunt down those pricier vintages.
|Wine on Mar 07, 2008 @ 01:14 pm|
I am a wine drinker for sure, I like it more than mixed drinks and when I am out socializing I usually drink wine, but I only like dry White Wine very cold, I dont like the taste of red wine or sweet wines
I like the Pinot Grigio , and Chardonnay's the best. One of my favourites is Australia's Banrock Station- Unwooded Chardonnay which is around $14. My other favourite is an Italian vintage wine , called Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio, around $16
I usually put the wine in the freezer once it is cold for an extra 15 minutes, it sure brings out the flavour of the wine.
|pairing wine with foods on Mar 09, 2008 @ 07:17 pm|
This was a real eye opener for me. I never really liked red wines and tended to stick the the sweeter roses until my husband intoduced me to food pairing. Red wine never tasted so good like it did with that steak! Not all wines are meant to be drunk alone. They really do bring out the flavors of certain food and vice versa. Most people are intimidated by the idea of paring wines with food. I'm no expert and I still leave it up to my husband but I certainly appreciate it a lot more now. There's a great show on food network that focuses on food and wine paring called "this food that wine". There's also a column in the 24hrs (free torotno newspaper) called the wine ladies or something that gives great suggestions.
Just as a side note: red wine needs to breathe for a little while after opening or else it won't taste right. This is one of the reason for wine decanters.
|food & wine pairing book on Mar 10, 2008 @ 01:27 pm|
I'm also new at figuring out food & wine pairings. So, everytime I plan a menu for one of those days where I can spend a lot of time in the kitchen (that happens maybe 3 or 4 times a years max), I'd buy at least 3 bottles of wine to see how each matches up. A really good beginner's guide I got was "Great Tastes Made Simple - extraordinary food & wine pairing for every palette" by Andrea Immer, a female sommelier. It's a really easy guide for learning the basics. The book is written in a friendly tone and her philosophy is more about exploration than stuffy rules. She also includes some pretty good recipes. One interesting combo that I have yet to try is buttered popcorn with chardonnay (playing up on the buttery texture); another that's really really good is a pinot noir with ducelle (basically mushrooms slow cooked with shallots & sherry/ some other wine of choice). Of couse like I've mentioned before, one of my all time favorites is still a chianti with spaghetti & meatballs!